Gabriella Ritch and Dilan Tatum from Layman E. Scott High School in Cayman Brac took first and second place and Aaron Fernandes from John Gray High School in George Town was third in the Lions Club Secondary School Spelling Bee.
Other finalists included Thomas Sevik of Layman Scott, and Alec Harding and Toni-Ann Daley of John Gray.
In the Royal Bank (Cayman) Ltd. Primary School Spelling Bee, George Town Primary beat five competitors to take top honors. Prospect Primary placed second and Bodden Town Primary was third.
Amare Hamilton of George Town Primary placed first among individual spellers; Deidre Edwards of Bodden Town Primary was second, and Jelani Hanson of George Town Primary was in third place.
The remaining finalists were: Jemma Watson of George Town Primary; Aria Gooden of John A Cumber; Everton Spence and Brianna Ebanks of Prospect Primary; Kadre Williams of Cayman Academy and Thaddeus Solomon of Savannah Primary. Cayman Academy rounded out the list of participating schools.
Winners in the secondary competition received a tablet, a smartphone and other gifts from the Lions Club. The primary winner received an iPad from Royal Bank, Cayman.
“We are delighted at the high calibre of performance and preparation by all participating schools. This means the students, guided by their teachers as well as parents or guardians, put in hours of hard work and quality effort. This is why we view all participating students as winners,” said James Watler, senior customer services manager in the Education Department. “They should all feel proud of their accomplishments. And of course, the top scorers deserve all the accolades that they receive.”
The national secondary spelling bee is a Lions Club of Cayman Project in partnership with the Education Department.